Love and a bit with a dog. Is all really fair in love and war? Shakespeare tackles this age-old question in this comedy.
Proteus only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But on a trip to Milan, he gets one look at the lovely Silvia and dumps Julia in a heartbeat. One problem: Sylvia is in love with Proteus's best friend Valentine! Add in some bandits, an outraged father and a sour-natured dog, and it's friend versus friend in a ridiculously comedic tale of romantic rivals.
Although it is Shakespeare's first comedy, it is a perfect example of how human nature does not change. In our current era where toxic masculinity has become acceptable behavior, we as a society must learn from the past and question the status quo.
What does it take to accept the love that has been in front of you all along? Can we learn from our mistakes? Fern Shakespeare takes this opportunity to ask these very difficult questions and explore the deeper level levels of this deceptively simple comedy.